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* President Obama called on Congress to vote on legislation which would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and require background check for gun sales. Obama also officially launched a task force — to be led by Vice President Biden — aimed at trying to reduce gun violence.  

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) became the first Republican senator to back a federal assault weapons ban. He now supports federal action on the issue, after previously saying the decision to ban assault weapons was best left to individual states. Brown  will leave the Senate at the end of this Congress after losing his seat to Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D) in November. 

* Obama pressed congressional Republicans to return to the bargaining table over the "fiscal cliff" as the White House said Obama would veto House Speaker John Boehner's (Ohio) "Plan B" proposal. Boehner said in a brief news conference that he was not satisfied with the president's proposal. Meanwhile, the anti-tax Club For Growth came out against "Plan B," while anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist's group said voting for it would not violate his anti-tax pledge. 

* The State Department’s security chief and two others reportedly resigned after a harsh report on the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans. 


* Conservative jurist Robert Bork died Wednesday at  85. Read The Washington Post's obituary here

* The Hawaii Democratic Party Central Committee will meet Dec. 28 to decide on three nominees to present to Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) as potential replacements for Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), who died Monday. Shortly before his death, Inouye wrote a letter to Abercrombie declaring that his last wish was that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) take over for him. 

* Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) will join the German Marshall Fund of the United States after he leaves the Senate at the end of the current Congress.  

* Jonathan Jackson, brother of former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., will not run to replace him in Illinois'  2nd District. 


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